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PCT 2016 Section Hike

Interstate 80 to Timberline Lodge
6-11-16 to 8-21-16
948.5 mi   15.0 mi/day
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Start Point: Interstate 80
Trail access desc: on trail
Guidebook start location: Interstate 80 crossing
Depart: 6-11-16 (Sat)

Plan Overview Notes:
Hike from Interstate 80 to Timberline Lodge to finish the PCT, started in 2015.
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1. Interstate 80 to Sierra City  (3.5 days)
6-11-16 to 6-14-16

38.8 mi
3,060 ft EG
11.0 mi/day
869 ft/day

CA guidebook:L

 * Adjustments:
1.5 mi pace
8 hours/day
45 minutes added per eg comp

Sierra City resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Highway 49 crossing
Detour:  1.4mi road

Arrive:  6-14-16 (Tue)
Layover:     0.0 days     
Depart:  6-14-16 (Tue)

Cumulative distance: 38.8 mi

Mail package to Sierra City Country Store,


Need food for 7 days...

2. Sierra City to Belden  (6.7 days)
6-14-16 to 6-22-16

91.6 mi
10,876 ft EG
13.6 mi/day
1,613 ft/day

CA guidebook:M

 * Adjustments:
2.0 mi pace
8 hours/day
45 minutes added per eg comp

Belden resupply exit    
Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail

Arrive:  6-21-16 (Tue)
Layover:     0.7 days     
Depart:  6-22-16 (Wed)

Cumulative distance: 130.4 mi

Mail Package to the Braatens at Little Haven.



3. Belden to Old Station  (5.9 days)
6-22-16 to 6-28-16

88.5 mi
10,330 ft EG
15.0 mi/day
1,755 ft/day

CA guidebook:M N

Adjustments: none
Old Station resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Old Station access trail
Detour:  .3mi trail

Arrive:  6-27-16 (Mon)
Layover:     0.1 days     
Depart:  6-28-16 (Tue)

Cumulative distance: 218.9 mi

Mail Package to Post Office.


4. Old Station to Burney Falls SP  (2.7 days)
6-28-16 to 7-1-16

45.9 mi
1,457 ft EG
17.1 mi/day
542 ft/day

CA guidebook:N

Adjustments: none
Burney Falls SP resupply exit    
Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail

Arrive:  6-30-16 (Thu)
Layover:     0.3 days     
Depart:  7-1-16 (Fri)

Cumulative distance: 264.8 mi

Mail Package to Post Office.
Nice campground with Showers.

Send Shoes.


Adjusted Arrival Dates Below This Point
(adjusted 2.6 days)
5. Burney Falls SP to Castella  (5.4 days)
7-1-16 to 7-10-16

82.9 mi
8,000 ft EG
15.5 mi/day
1,494 ft/day

CA guidebook:O

Adjustments: none
Castella resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  2.0mi road

Arrive:  7-9-16 (Sat)
Layover:     1.0 days     
Depart:  7-10-16 (Sun)

Cumulative distance: 347.7 mi

Mail food to Ammirati's Market.

7 days.


6. Castella to Etna  (6.6 days)
7-10-16 to 7-16-16

99.8 mi
11,144 ft EG
15.1 mi/day
1,691 ft/day

CA guidebook:P

Adjustments: none
Etna resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Sawyers Bar Road
Detour:  10.4mi road

Arrive:  7-16-16 (Sat)
Layover:     0.0 days     
Depart:  7-16-16 (Sat)

Cumulative distance: 447.5 mi

Purchase food in Etna.


Need food for 4 days

7. Etna to Seiad Valley  (3.5 days)
7-16-16 to 7-21-16

55.8 mi
4,165 ft EG
16.0 mi/day
1,193 ft/day

CA guidebook:Q

Adjustments: none
Seiad Valley resupply exit    
Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail

Arrive:  7-20-16 (Wed)
Layover:     0.9 days     
Depart:  7-21-16 (Thu)

Cumulative distance: 503.3 mi

Purchase food in Seiad Valley.


Need food for 5 days

8. Seiad Valley to Ashland  (4.5 days)
7-21-16 to 7-27-16

64.5 mi
10,002 ft EG
14.3 mi/day
2,212 ft/day

CA guidebook:R

Adjustments: none
Ashland resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  13.0mi road

Arrive:  7-25-16 (Mon)
Layover:     1.5 days     
Depart:  7-27-16 (Wed)

Cumulative distance: 567.8 mi

Buy food in Ashland. Good town.

Zero day?


Need food for 7 days

9. Ashland to Crater Lake (Mazama Village)  (6.6 days)
7-27-16 to 8-3-16

103.8 mi
9,414 ft EG
15.6 mi/day
1,416 ft/day

OR/WA guidebook:B C

Adjustments: none
Crater Lake (Mazama Village) resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Highway 62 crossing
Detour:  2.0mi road

Arrive:  8-2-16 (Tue)
Layover:     0.4 days     
Depart:  8-3-16 (Wed)

Cumulative distance: 671.6 mi

Mail food to Xanterra Mazama Village Camp Store.

Send Shoes.


10. Crater Lake (Mazama Village) to Shelter Cove Resort  (5.2 days)
8-3-16 to 8-9-16

81.8 mi
7,002 ft EG
15.7 mi/day
1,346 ft/day

OR/WA guidebook:C D

Adjustments: none
Shelter Cove Resort resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Shelter Cove Trail
Detour:  2.2mi trail

Arrive:  8-8-16 (Mon)
Layover:     0.8 days     
Depart:  8-9-16 (Tue)

Cumulative distance: 753.4 mi

Mail Food to Shelter Cove Resort.


Hitches from either McKenzie Pass/hwy 242 (1981.3) or Santiam Pass/hwy 20 (1998.4):
.. Sisters, OR: 20 mi
.. Bend, OR: 35 mi

Possible Trail Angel ride?

"...there is a laundromat in Bend near a place called the Slab, which has food carts and Beer"

11. Shelter Cove Resort to Big Lake Youth Camp  (5.6 days)
8-9-16 to 8-15-16

88.7 mi
7,161 ft EG
15.8 mi/day
1,279 ft/day

OR/WA guidebook:D E F

Adjustments: none
Big Lake Youth Camp resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Big Lake Youth Camp trail
Detour:  .8mi trail

Arrive:  8-14-16 (Sun)
Layover:     0.4 days     
Depart:  8-15-16 (Mon)

Cumulative distance: 842.1 mi

Mail food to Youth Camp. (Need 6 days food)


12. Big Lake Youth Camp to Timberline Lodge  (6.9 days)
8-15-16 to 8-21-16

106.4 mi
11,055 ft EG
15.3 mi/day
1,591 ft/day

OR/WA guidebook:F G

Adjustments: none
Timberline Lodge finish    
Exit pt:  Timberline Lodge Trail
Detour:  .2mi trail

Arrive:  8-21-16 (Sun)

Cumulative distance: 948.5 mi

Hitch to Portland.

Apply for PCT Medal.


Interstate 80 to Timberline Lodge
6-11-16 to 8-21-16 (2.3 months)
(northbound hike)

Important! Totals below do not account for a 2.6 day adjustment

days walking

on trail layover days

in town layover days
(1.0 in town "zero" days)

Total days
Total months

without layovers:
15.0 mi/day

1,482 ft/day

with layovers:
13.7 mi/day

1,352 ft/day

Base Distance:
948.5 mi

Extra Distance:
0.0 mi

Total Distance:
948.5 mi

Base Elevation gain:
93,666 ft

Extra EG:
0 ft

Total Elevation gain:
93,666 ft

Resupply count:

Plan Considerations:
If you are planning a longer hike, the plan above might be incredibly accurate or completely off. You might find that after a month of hiking your pace will change. You might find out that you are a Secret Superman (or Wonder Woman) and are knocking out a lot more miles per day than you planned. On the downside, a forest fire might add a +10 mile detour or a sore foot might cause you to spend a few extra days in a town.

Disclaimer: all calculations and data are believed to be correct but are not guaranteed.
Please double check the calculations and trail/resupply data before starting a hike.